Universal Instructional Design

Universal Instructional Design (UID) provides a variety of learning and assessment methods to remove obstructions or barriers to a student’s learning. UID considers the potential needs of all learners when designing and delivering instructions. “Through that process, one can identify and eliminate barriers to teaching and learning, thus maximizing learning for students of all backgrounds and learner preferences.”[1] The focus in not on the barriers themselves but, instead, is placed on providing a variety of learning and assessment methods, so that a student avoids the barrier preventing learning.

Barriers to learning are created when the learning experience reduces a student’s capacity to learn. Brock University defines UID as “identifying and eliminating unnecessary barriers to teaching and learning while maintaining academic rigour.”[2] elearning space removes these barriers by ensuring that the learning experience includes learning and assessment methods that are all-encompassing of individual student learning needs. It is not one, but the range of learning and assessment methods that cater for all student learning abilities.

[1] Caputo, Aldo. 2016. “Open Learning and educational support.” In 4wtet, Accessed Feburary 18, 2017. http://opened.uoguelph.ca/students/resources/uid_implimentation_guide_15.pdf.

[2] Brock University. 2012. Seven Principles of Universal Instructional Design (UID). 26 March. Accessed Feburary 18, 2017. http://kumu.brocku.ca/twiki/Seven_Principles_of_Universal_Instructional_D (Lombardi n.d.)esign_%28UID%29.